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Massive council house building programme begins in Nottingham

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government

Massive council house-building programme begins in Nottingham Massive council house-building programme begins in Nottingham

Work has begun on Nottingham's biggest council house building programme for a generation.

Costing £2.75 million, phase one of the programme will see 26 homes built across four Nottingham City Council-owned sites in the city. The whole project will ultimately see 350 new homes created by 2017.

The initial part of the project will deliver:

• Four bungalows built at Wendling Gardens, Bestwood Park
• Two bungalows at Keverne Close, Aspley
• Eight family homes at Henning Gardens, Top Valley
• 12 family homes at Windmill Close, St Ann’s

The new homes will be managed by Nottingham City Homes (NCH) and will be built by Nottinghamshire construction company Robert Woodhead Ltd.

NCH chief executive, Nick Murphy, said: "This is the start of a new house building programme that will be the biggest for a generation – creating much needed family homes.

"It will also create hundreds of new jobs over the next few years – and give our apprentices the opportunity to get great skills and experience so they have an even better chance of gaining a full time job once they’ve finished their training."

Glenn Slater, business development director at Robert Woodhead, said: "We will be working with the NCH apprentices to provide upskilling opportunities on this new build contract. They generally work on repair and maintenance projects for NCH so this will be a great opportunity for them to extend and develop their skills. In fact one of the apprentices will be gaining site management experience.

"On top of helping the apprentices, we’ve already created two new local jobs as a direct result of this contract despite only being three weeks into the programme."

It has been estimated that every £1 spent on construction generates a total of £2.84 in local economic activity.

Council Leader Jon Collins added: "Building affordable homes for Nottingham people is a top priority for us and I’m delighted to see the progress on these sites across the city.

"We have ambitious plans to provide hundreds of new homes which, as well as providing much-needed homes for people to live, will also create jobs and training for local people."

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